[I don't often promote things like this on my blog, so I hope you realize how important this is. Plus, I realize I have a lot of cat lovers who read this blog... even some who claim they are dog lovers.]


My friend Elizabeth (some of you may know her as Olive's Mama) runs a non-profit organization called Tenth Life. As she's posted on her site:

Tenth Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization that provides another chance at life to injured and abused stray cats. Our focus is on felines with extreme medical needs or ongoing health conditions that make it difficult for typical shelters and rescues to afford their care.

Stage one of our mission is to save as many cats from the dangers of street life and place them in foster homes until they are adopted. We are also networking with other local rescues and veterinarians to locate and treat special needs and other stray cats who would otherwise be euthanized.

Stage two of our mission is to open a physical shelter building that will house healthy and special-needs kitties in a cage-free, home-like setting until they can be carefully placed in their forever homes. We do not euthanize any animals for the sake of creating more space.

Well, Tenth Life is in a financial crisis right now, and she's put together an auction to try to raise funds. (I can't even believe I am posting this since I want. to. win.) The winner gets an amazing handmade sock monkey... and the knowledge that they helped a very worthy organization. Click here for all the details.

I don't think I can adequately describe how much I respect Elizabeth and what she is doing. I have the utmost admiration for people who help those that don't have a voice, who step up and take care of those animals that would otherwise lose their lives. Elizabeth does exactly that, and the least I can do is try to help her in a time of need.

If you don't want to win a monkey (which is fine by me - less competition!) PLEASE consider making a donation directly. It doesn't need to be large... every little bit helps! And don't forget - the holidays are right around the corner... do you have a cat lover on your list that might like to have a donation made in their name?! Or do you have a feline friend you normally buy a big stocking for? In tough times, it's always the organizations that run solely on donations that get hurt the worst... and it's especially hard for the small groups. If nothing else, please spread the word or go give Elizabeth a shout out. Kind words on tough days do make a difference!

Thank you for reading.